Services

Title Examination | Estate Planning | Transactions


Title Examination

Providing a clear and precise picture of the ownership landscape

Our title practice provides a comprehensive array of mineral title examination services to natural resources development clients. We have extensive experience with the complexity of title in long developed fields like the Fremont field in Colorado, one of the oldest in the nation. We have examined lands where large subdivisions complicate mineral title in areas that were traditionally oil and gas areas, as in parts of Weld County, Colorado. In addition to the examination of title to private lands, our attorneys have broad experience with title to federal and state lands in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

Secure title is the foundation upon which every natural resource development project is built. Tjornehoj & Hack offers a comprehensive suite of title examination services for our clients in the oil, gas, and energy industry. Whether it is acquisition title for your next asset purchase, or division order opinions for development of your existing properties, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you get the job done. Our title attorneys include former landmen, so we know what it takes to put together an abstract or cure difficult title defects. That experience helps us understand title from our client’s perspective. We also realize that a title opinion does not exist in a vacuum—it is one part of a process that involves the interplay of landmen, division order analysts, royalty owners, and others. We strive to tailor our opinions in a way that is conducive to the entire title opinion process.

As standard practice, our division order title opinions include electronic division of interest spreadsheets, which can be tailored to best suit your revenue decks. In addition, while we typically render opinions from landman abstracts, we are also experienced in conducting stand-up title examination. We can also provide referrals to abstracting services for clients who may be new to the area. Let us know how our title attorneys can help you complete your next project. We currently offer title examination services for properties located in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

Title Services

  • ACQUISITION OPINIONS
  • DRILLING TITLE OPINIONS
  • DIVISION ORDER TITLE OPINIONS
  • FEDERAL EXPLORATORY UNIT OPINIONS
  • TITLE CURATIVE
  • STAND-UP TITLE OPINIONS

Title Examination | Estate Planning | Transactions


Estate Planning

Securing your assets for the next generation

Our estate planning services utilize our unique expertise to design an estate plan to protect land and mineral assets for the next generation. We focus on assisting clients in understanding how these assets are conveyed, taxed, and inherited. Throughout the process, our attorneys guide clients through the estate planning process to achieve individualized goals in a cost effective, tax efficient design. Whether the goal is to avoid probate, establish a trust to provide income, or form a family company, we can help you identify and utilize the best estate planning tools for your goals.

With one of the largest mineral title practices in the Rockies, Tjornehoj & Hack LLC specializes in estate planning for those who own interests in minerals and royalties. Many estate planning attorneys lack a depth of knowledge of the issues unique to mineral ownership. How to identify and quantify mineral interests severed from the surface estate? How do I obtain marketable title for royalty distribution? How can I avoid probate? What are tax consequences of inheriting these interests? Tjornehoj & Hack has the unique expertise to design an estate plan to protect your land and mineral assets for the future. We will assist you in understanding how these assets are conveyed, taxed, and inherited.

A well-designed estate plan should allow you maximum flexibility in the near term and provide a financially secure foundation for the administration of your assets into the future. Tjornehoj & Hack will navigate you through those complex legal waters with pragmatic, straightforward advice. Among the many tools we provide are:

  • DRAFTING SIMPLE WILLS
  • ASSESSMENT OF MINERAL AND LEASEHOLD ASSETS
  • CREATING SECTION 678 TRUSTS
  • DESIGNING GUARDIANSHIP OR CONSERVATORSHIP RELATIONSHIPS
  • ESTABLISHING POUR OVER TRUSTS
  • CREATING FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OR OTHER HOLDING ENTITIES
  • PROBATING ESTATES

Our attorneys can assist you with a comprehensive assessment of the best plan for your future. Give us a call today to explore your options.

Title Examination | Estate Planning | Transactions


Transactions

Helping to structure the deal you want – from start to finish

Our transactional work focuses on due diligence preparation for purchases and sales, and support of Bankruptcy proceedings. Whether you need assistance in cataloging and valuing mineral assets, transferring title to leasehold interests, or plan a major real estate transaction for ranching or renewables projects, we have been there and know the lay of the land. We assist clients in evaluating their assets and understanding the transactional process from start to finish. With one of the largest and most cost-effective title practices in the region, we have the capacity to undertake the large-scale due diligence projects that few others can.

Every successful transaction, at its root, depends upon getting what you bargained for. Transactions at their best get you more than you expected. Our attorneys have structured asset sales and purchases on deals across the Rocky Mountain West. Because of our expertise in title examination, we can assist clients in conducting the due diligence that is a precursor to consummating any good deal. We have a broad range of experience with energy development transactions. Whether you need assistance with exploration and development agreements, joint operating agreements, farmouts or access agreements, we have the expertise to help you make it happen.

Our transactional experience is also one that has called upon us to find creative solutions. Our attorneys have assisted with a diverse set of natural resources transactions, including leasing programs with Native American Tribes, and cooperative development agreements in multiple mineral scenarios. Adapting to those varied circumstances helps us to see more possibilities for structuring natural resource transactions.

Areas of Practice

  • ASSET SALES AND DIVESTITURES
  • SURFACE USE AGREEMENTS
  • SURFACE MINE PERMITS

Title Examination | Estate Planning | Transactions


See how Tjornehoj & Hack can help with your next project

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November 28, 2018